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Manuscript deadline
15 November 2020

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Journal of Psychosocial Oncology

Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Cindy Davis, University of the Sunshine Coast, School of Social Sciences
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Dr. Mary Sormanti, Columbia School of Social Work
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Coronavirus and Psychosocial Cancer Care

SPECIAL ISSUE
Co-Editors: Dr. Cindy Davis and Dr. Mary Sormanti
“Coronavirus and Psychosocial Cancer Care”
Abstract Due: August 15, 2020
Manuscript Submission Due: November 15, 2020

Although nothing about cancer is easy, the sudden emergence of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has wrought devastating consequences across the globe, has brought unique burdens and challenges to those affected by it. Life-saving treatments have been postponed, already-suppressed immune systems are at extraordinarily high risk to the virus, and the possibility that scarce life-saving medical equipment such as ventilators might be withheld from them are not science fiction. Functioning under these circumstances has been similarly daunting; providers have risked their own lives and well-being – as well as their own families - in order to do the work they love. Interwoven throughout these challenges are also stories, mechanisms and outcomes that reflect hope, adaptation and collaboration.

This special issue will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on those affected by cancer and the healthcare providers who work with them. We invite authors to propose manuscripts that address a clearly defined question or concern in psychosocial oncology. Examples include:

- New and innovative perspectives and programs that emerged as a response to this crisis
- Individual, organizational, and/or systemic challenges to care provision
- Impact on patients, caregivers, families, and providers across illness trajectory (coping, quality of life, distress)
- Health disparities and health equity
- Communication and decision-making
- Vulnerable cancer populations (elderly, children, people with disabilities, the poor)
- Financial consequences
- End-of-Life
- Advance directives
- Ethical dilemmas
- Grief and bereavement

The types of manuscripts being accepted for this special issue include:

- Original Research: These submissions can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. These should not exceed 4,000 words, excluding tables, figures, and references.

_ Brief Reports: These submissions can include innovative work that might be premature for publication as a full research report. Replication Studies can also be appropriate for brief reports. These should not exceed 2000 words, including references, figures, and tables.

- Art of Psychosocial Oncology: These submissions seek to reflect the poignant voices of clients, clinicians, supervisors & administrators, including their challenges, creative strategies and interventions. (Examples include: delivering cancer care remotely, managing staff self-care experiences with telemedicine/telehealth.) Articles may be narrative, even poetic, and should not exceed 1000 words. Please include 2-3 relevant citations. (NOTE: There is no abstract due for the Art of Psychosocial Oncology submissions. To be considered for publication, these completed manuscripts must be submitted by November 15, 2020.)

The deadline for submitting an original research or brief report abstract is August 15, 2020. The abstract (approximately 350 words) should include study objectives, design, sample, methods, findings, conclusion, and implications for psychosocial providers. Data collection and proposed analysis of data do not need to be completed at the time of abstract submission. The editors will provide feedback regarding suitability for the special issue and will invite selected authors to submit a full manuscript. The deadline for submission of full manuscripts is November 15, 2020. Please submit abstracts to [email protected] and indicate that you would like to have it considered for the special issue. All submissions will go through the standard peer-review process.

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Submission Instructions

- Original Research: These submissions can be quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods. These should not exceed 4,000 words, excluding tables, figures, and references.

_ Brief Reports: These submissions can include innovative work that might be premature for publication as a full research report. Replication Studies can also be appropriate for brief reports. These should not exceed 2000 words, including references, figures, and tables.

- Art of Psychosocial Oncology: These submissions seek to reflect the poignant voices of clients, clinicians, supervisors & administrators, including their challenges, creative strategies and interventions. (Examples include: delivering cancer care remotely, managing staff self-care experiences with telemedicine/telehealth.) Articles may be narrative, even poetic, and should not exceed 1000 words. Please include 2-3 relevant citations. (NOTE: There is no abstract due for the Art of Psychosocial Oncology submissions. Completed manuscripts must be submitted by November 15, 2020.)

Submit abstracts to [email protected]

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